Here are our latest prep boys’ basketball rankings through Monday, Jan. 13:
1. Anacortes (10-2, 4-0 NWC): One of the traditional Northwest Conference powers is back at it again. Fueled by one of the best in the league, if not in all of Class 2A, Ty Johnson, the No. 6-ranked Seahawks earned a decisive win over Lynden last week at home. Despite the final score, 52-50, the Seahawks led by as many as 19 points and took Lynden out of its game plan. Anacortes has Bellingham and Blaine this week.
2. Lynden (8-3, 3-1): The No. 2-ranked Lions have won back-to-back games at Meridian and at Blaine following a loss to Anacortes. Junior Sterling Somers combined to score 54 points in those to contests. He leads the Lions with a 17.6 scoring average. Senior Jonathan Whetnall has developed into a strong compliment to both Scooter Hastings and Somers, giving the Lions another offensive weapon.
3. Sehome (10-3, 4-0): The Mariners pulled out one of the most epic wins in recent memory last week, beating Lynden Christian 84-78 on the road in triple overtime. Sophomore Marcus Montag followed what was his season high of 19 points against Meridian Jan. 5 with a new season high of 20 points against LC. Sehome is a deep, talented team with a lot of experience. The Mariners, one of two NWC undefeated teams, has a tough week ahead hosting Sedro-Woolley and Ferndale.
4. Lynden Christian (8-4, 2-2): The Lyncs are surely the top team among the NWC’s 1As. LC has been playing well, winning five in a row before losing a triple OT game to Sehome last week. Cody Fransen has emerged into a double-double machine, Jake Poag gives the team a sharpshooter along the perimeter and there are few who can score as well as Zach Roetcisoender. LC hosts Burlington-Edison and travels to Meridian this week.
5. Bellingham (8-4, 3-1): The Red Raiders have picked up two quality wins since winter break, first beating Burlington-Edison 57-56 before earning a 72-61 win over Squalicum. Bellingham has done a nice job of sharing the scoring load. Five players (Kalien Hayes, Dante Check, Logan Schilder, Kyle Hofstetter and Kieran Lewis) are averaging between 9.3 and 13.8 points. The Red Raiders have a huge home test against Anacortes Tuesday night.
6. Squalicum (8-4, 3-1): The Storm snapped its five-game win streak with its second loss to Bellingham this year. Despite the loss, Squalicum has the looks of a team more than capable of claiming one of the NWC’s five seeds in the district tournament. Transfer Josiah Westbrook has been outstanding, leading the club with 18.7 points per game and Damek Mitchell, Darious Powell and Harper Moore have also impressed.
7. Ferndale (8-3, 3-2): The Golden Eagles have a huge week coming up with a home game against Sehome, which is followed up with an away game at Lynden. Ferndale has been a hard team to solve, as its taken care of the easier teams on its schedule but have not earned a true signature win, besides maybe an early league win against Sedro-Woolley. One could certainly come this week. Austin Honeycutt’s first half of the season has established him as a potential POY, and John Weg and Brady Shearer have played well.
8. Sedro-Woolley (7-4, 2-2): The Cubs have been rolling after early struggles, which could possibly and understandably so, be contributed to a football championship hangover. Sedro-Woolley has won five or its last six games. The one loss was a 63-61 defeat to Lynden Christian. Last year’s POY Jackson Price is impressing again, averaging a league-high 23.9 points per game. The Cubs have a pivotal upcoming game at Lynden on Jan. 15.
9. Meridian (8-5, 0-4): While the Trojans overall record is strong, league play has been a different story. Granted, Meridian’s four losses have come against Anacortes, Bellingham, Lynden and Sehome, but surely Shane Stacy and the Trojans aren’t happy with an 0-4 mark. Despite being the focal point of opposing team’s game plans, Alex Martin is having another tremendous year, averaging 19.8 a night. Meridian has a big chance this week to get its season going the right way with a home contest Jan. 16 against Lynden Christian.
10. Blaine (3-9, 2-3): The Borderites have been somewhat of a surprise. Still, with their move to Class 2A making the postseason will be tough, but a 2-3 record in league play isn’t a bad start. Transfer Kier Munzanreder has brought a lot to the lineup, and Shaq Woods is also in the midst of a quality season. Blaine has a daunting week upcoming, facing Anacortes after losing to Lynden on Monday.
11. Burlington-Edison (1-10, 0-3): The graduation of several quality seniors have left the Tigers reeling and seemingly in the middle of a transition year. Burlington-Edison, one of four winless Northwest Conference clubs, has been led by Blake Rawlins’ 17.7 points per game, but outside of Rawlins, the Tigers haven’t found many viable options.
12. Mount Baker (4-9, 0-4): The Mountaineers have lost three straight and have won only two games in their last nine matchups. Even with the losses, though, coach Rob Gray’s team has been playing hard. Among the losses are an eight-point defeat to Sehome, a five-point loss to Blaine, a six-point loss to Sultan and a 10-point loss to Bellingham. Baker could get its first league win this week with an upcoming game against Burlington-Edison.
13. Nooksack Valley (1-10, 0-3): New coach Chris Scrimsher seems to have the Pioneers going in the right direction, but Nooksack Valley has suffered 10 straight losses since winning its first game of the season, a 50-43 victory over Blaine. Connor Beard leads the team with 11.9 points per game, and Aaron Bosscher and Josh Gimmaka are other options.